The East Lyme Rowing Association holds four recurring fundraisers. Details on each event will be posted on our home page in the weeks leading up to the event.
Our cookie sale takes place in the East Lyme High School commons during the annual Breakfast with Santa event. Pick up a box and pick a selection of delicious homemade cookies; you pay by the pound for the sweets.
The poinsettia sale is our most recent fundraiser, first started in 2017. Smith’s Acres provides these beautiful holiday flowers. Once you choose your colors and quantity, you receive a voucher to pick up your selection at Smith’s Acres’ shop in downtown Niantic.
Our largest and longest running fundraiser is the fruit sale. Pezzello Brothers in New London supplies us with oranges, grapefruits, and combination boxes. Fruit can be ordered online or through order forms supplied by ELRA rowers.
Partnering again with Smith’s Acres, we offer gift cards for sale prior to Mother’s Day. The team gets a percentage of every card sold which can be used for all purchases at Smith's.
The East Lyme Rowing Association gratefully accepts monetary donations, which are used for the purchase and maintenance of boats, oars, and training equipment. Your contributions help ensure that this unique and rewarding sport is available in the East Lyme public school system.
Safe, secure credit card donations can be made online through PayPal. We also accept cash and checks, which can be mailed to P.O. Box 36, East Lyme, CT, 06333. Checks should be made out to the East Lyme Rowing Association.
We currently have an ongoing fundraiser giving you a chance to put your name on the boys’ and girls’ varsity crew boats. Choose an individual, family, or business name with a maximum of 20 characters, spaces included. The cost to place a name is $100 for one boat, $175 for both, or $300 for all four of our racing boats. Limited space available. This donation is tax-deductible, and your name will be on the boat as long as it is in use.
ELRA also accepts donations of boats, rowing machines, and rowing equipment.
Other ways to Support the Team
At each race, we set up a food tent for our rowers to enjoy. We always welcome volunteers to set up the tent, donate food or beverages, and clean up at the end of the race. We also welcome monetary contributions to go toward the purchase of food. Sign Up Genius is used to coordinate shifts, with a link sent via e-mail to crew families.
We welcome volunteers to pitch in and help with a variety of other tasks as well. Some roles include driving launches, officiating at the finish line, and manning the EMT station.
Parents of rowers can host pre-race dinners, assist with the award dinner at the end of the season, or pick up shifts at fundraising events via Sign Up Genius. They can also help promote the sport, share photos for use on our website or in presentations, and share new fundraising ideas.
Our board of directors is open to parents and others who are interested in taking an active role in the organization. New members are voted in every two years for two-year terms.
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